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Giroud: “Chelsea came here with strong intentions to win the game”

Wed 24 February 2021 | 8:42

The France international scored the winner for the Blues, securing a great advantage as they head to the second leg.

Chelsea

forward

Olivier Giroud

believes his side went on the pitch aiming to vanquish

Atletico Madrid

on Tuesday.

The 34-year-old scored the only goal of the game which handed his side a great advantage going into the second leg. Giroud insists that Chelsea intended to do so to have an edge going on in the game.

"

We came here with strong intentions to win the game, play our game and we know how we could give them trouble offensively,

" he told 

BT Sport

. "

We have been strong at the back in the defensive shape and very pleased with the win, it was a deserved win tonight.

"We know the importance of the away goal in European cups so that is why I was pleased to help the team win the game, we managed it well and we were confident but faced a great team and I think we were very committed and knew their main strengths. We dealt with it but we have to stay focused and complete the job.

"Not overconfident, we were confident in our qualities in the game. I did not know what to think about the goal, I just focused on hitting the overhead kick and was pleased to see it go in the back of the net, I had no clue about being offside, Mason Mount said he did not touch the ball. Good for the team, good for me."

The France international and his side had to wait for the VAR to review the goal and decide whether it was offside or not.

"

I told Mason [Mount] that I was going to blame him if I was denied the goal

," Giroud told 

RMC Sport

. "

Because he touches the ball just before when I can have it and finish before if he lets me, but we are not going to be choosy. I am very happy to see the ball in the net and especially that it is not offside.

"It's great for me and the team. The wait? With VAR, you have to keep the faith and be patient. It was a long time, but it was an important decision. It's weird to celebrate three minutes later."

With securing a 1-0 win, Chelsea are set to go into the second leg having an edge.

The two parties will lock horns once again on March 17, but before that the Blues will have a lot in hand in the

Premier League

as they get prepared to face

Manchester United

and

Liverpool

in the upcoming weeks.


source: SportMob